If you didn’t catch Part 1 of my Amsterdam photo diary just click here to take a look. I only got back from my trip a month ago and it feels like forever, I need to book another trip ASAP so I have something to look forward too.
As I said in my previous post I have visited Amsterdam quite a few times now so I have managed to do most of the big tourist things like Anne Frank’s House (which is an absolute must visit!), Rijksmuseum, Museum Van Loon, Red Light District and such like. So when we visit now we just relax and enjoy the beautiful canal streets. We walk so many miles in a day just exploring all the back streets and visiting our favourite restaurants and cafe’s, of which there are so many!
One lovely cafe / shop I must recommend to you is PLUK – there is usually a wait for a table but it is well worth it because they ave the most delicious smoothies, lunches and sweet treats. You can take away if you don’t have time to sit in but its such a welcoming, instagramable space & they have a shop selling stationery and the cutest homewares, if you are able to resist buying something then you have a lot more willpower than me!
Oh & if you want somewhere really nice to go for dinner or just a few drinks then The Hoxton Hotel is pretty damn cool and the food is amazing!
Let me know where you love to visit when you’re in Amsterdam.
October saw me turn 38 and to celebrate my lovely husband took me to Amsterdam. If you have been a long time reader of my blog, then you will know we have visited Amsterdam quite a few times over the years. We just can’t help going back, its incredibly beautiful, inspiring and vibrant. I always return home feeling refreshed and with a promise to myself that I will live there one day & I am still working towards that dream (6 visits later).
Amsterdam is such a short flight from the UK and you can always get a cheap deal. I know most people associate it with Stag Parties and the Red Light District – which is a part of it and of course what is a visit without visiting the oldest part of the City. That aside there is so much more to see and do there, when people ask me for suggestions I always tell them just to explore the canals, walk, walk and walk some more. You can’t fail but to stumble across lovely independent shops (Amsterdam has very few chain shops, although more are opening each year) there is an abundance of incredible places to eat and drink and the scenery is always breathtaking. The tree lined canals, houseboats and bridges are so romantic especially at night when they’re all lit up. We have covered so many miles just wandering the streets romanticising about living in one of the crooked canal houses.
I would say seeing the city by boat is a really nice way to spend a few hours, I like to use the smaller eco boats that sit 6 – 8 people and have a local guide. You learn so much about the history of the city and about the canals themselves. Its so nice to see everything from a different perspective.
A picnic in Vondelpark is a relaxing way to spend a warm afternoon, I love to people watch in there. It’s such a mix of locals and tourists all having fun.
I could go on & on about this European gem but I know most of you have been before but if you haven’t you must visit you won’t be disappointed, I promise you that. It’s one of the most friendly, beautiful and vibrant cities I have ever visited.
This was our 5th visit to Amsterdam, we went for a week which is a really good amount of time to do a few touritsy things & also just take time to relax. We have done all the big tourist attractions like Anne Frank’s House, Dam Square, Amsterdam Museum and been on many canal boat tours so this time we decided just to walk up and down off the beaten track a little and discover the quiet side to Amsterdam.
Its such a beautiful city and I never get tired of visiting, there is so many street side cafes and bars, I pretty much ate and drank my way round. This time we had a picnic in Vondelpark and that was a beautiful way to spend the afternoon, lounging on the grass watching the people go by. The weather was incredible all week with just one afternoon of rain, it was the perfect weather to get lost up and down the streets of canal houses.
1. Zuiderkerk (South Church)
2. Hello Amsterdam Magazine – this had THE best coffee shop recomendations
3. Beautiful Canal Houses
4. The Royal Concertgebouw – Concert Hall
4. Comic Sans
5. Amsterdam Centre
6. Off The Beaten Track
7. Fiat 600
8. Curiosities Shop
9. Amsterdam 9 Streets
11. Street Art
12. Begijnhof – Secret Garden
13. Amsterdam Gift Shop
14. Amsterdam At Night
Oh & I still haven’t hired a bike in Amsterdam, I am too scared! I really want to and it looks a lot of fun but I am terrible at riding a bike, I will have to practise before I go back again.
I am going to do a separate post on our favourite places to eat & drink. Click the links If you’d like to see my previous Amsterdam Photo Diaries Part 1 & Part 2
I also uploaded quite a few photos to Instagram if you’d like to see more of Amsterdam